The sweeter smelling 60ft tri

Finally the gasman goeth for Yvan Bourgnon

Monday June 10th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Yvan Bourgnon, younger brother of Laurent , has a new sponsor for his 60ft trimaran. Rexona Men, is a new anti-perspirant (!) from Lever Faberge and will be backing Bourgnon for November Route du Rhum.

This boat is the once proud Primagaz, then renamed Foncia, then Bayer. Under Laurent's helm she won the Route du Rhum twice, first in 1994 and then again four years later. 1994 was a particularly impressive year for the boat. Laurent set a singlehanded record across the Atlantic, but during the course of this voyage established a new outright 24 hour record of 540 miles - faster than any fully crewed vessel previously. This record stood until it was beaten by Steve Fossett's PlayStation, soon after her launch.

There is another impressive story about this boat. During the 2000 fully crewed Quebec-St Malo race Bourgnon came within a fraction of a mile of bettering the 24 hours record. At the time the world outright 24 hour record stood at 625.7 miles and in the near perfect conditions the boats in this race experienced during the Atlantic crossing, Bayer en France (as the boat was known at the time) notched up 625.3 miles, a 85 mile leap in the record for a 60ft trimaran.

Although the boat clearly knows the way to Guadeloupe, even in the hands of the younger Bourgnon brother, she is becoming a little long in the tooth now, particularly with the new generation of trimarans.

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